Our 2020 SAVVY Year …
The year started in full swing. All of our groups spent the Spring term in R&D preparing for an immersive Summer project, while our new Crisis Averted group devised their first production. The Seance, a semi-improvised show to be performed in the SAVVY studio in March, and then we (along with the whole country), went into lockdown!
For the remainder of this unprecedented year, SAVVY (like so many), moved our offer online. Re-thinking and re-inventing our entire artistic programme with our Mixed Bean season - maintaining connections with our members, providing opportunities to be creative in a virtual space, and developing the framework for a brand-new show.
This was all possible due to SAVVY receiving an emergency response grant from both Arts Council England and Croydon Council. This early funding was vital, allowing us to continue working with our members, maintain our core team, create work via our online Summer Season, develop new networks with other inclusive theatre companies across the country and take an active role in ensuring the arts stayed vibrant and alive in the borough.October 2020
for pupils at wandle valley academy
Having seen his award-winning show The Canary & The Crow, pupils at Wandle Valley Academy worked with playwright Daniel Ward and composer Prez96 on unlocking story moments, character points of view and music development.
Monday, 23rd March, SAVVY Studio
Visions in the basement and an old tale from the local manor house bring new business opportunities and a gathering of people.
Is it just a spooky story or something more?
An original show, written and performed by the Crisis Averted Company exploring character motives and the supernatural.
This show was not shared with a live audience due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
THE MIXED BEAN SEASON
While our studio at Fairfield Halls was temporarily closed due to the Covid-19 crisis, the SAVVY Summer Season moved online with weekly Zoom sessions, ongoing collaboration between members and show development.
Throughout lockdown, we wanted to ensure that we:
maintained contact with our members and provided support to access SAVVY’s online sessions
continued to provide exciting and energetic weekly workshops, that would facilitate creation in a virtual safe space
were able to support member collaboration
could transfer the work being developed online, back into the SAVVY studio when lockdown ended
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JACK & THE BEANSTALK
18TH & 19TH December 2020, Fairfield Halls
Based on the work developed during lockdown, SAVVY produced a Socially Distanced, Steampunk Panto in the foyer of Fairfield Halls.
Combining traditional pantomime with a steampunk twist, audiences were introduced to Jack, a young progressive torn between two worlds - the traditional farming community he lives in with Dame Trott, his mother, and the industrial world above he has heard so much about - with its new-fangled contraptions, impossible inventions and giant wealth!
In true SAVVY-style, this original pantomime involved an inclusive community cast from across our diverse membership, including young people, adults with a learning disability, people with experience of homelessness and everyone in-between.